Ask A Designer: Making a Room Fresh for Summer

Q. I would like help making my living room feel fresh and cooler in the summer. All of my furnishings were bought for my previous house in New York, but I had beautiful window treatments made since I moved. The fabrics are dark red, black, olive, and gold. Everything is European and a little formal. I love what I have, and it looks magical during the holidays, but it drives me crazy when it is hot and sunny. I can afford to makeover the room, but my husband says it is “senseless.” I truly love what I have. Is there …

Ask A Designer: Long Bedroom with Contrasting Wall

Q. I would like your opinion about a few ideas for my new bedroom. The room is long with a sitting area on one side. I plan to place the headboard on the smaller wall even though the model has the bed going the other way. My bed is a platform bed with lights around the headboard. I want to make the wall a contrast wall—but I don’t want a busy wall covering, because it would take away from the lights. I have art, but I’d rather treat the wall and keep it simple. Is there a color of paint …

Ask A Designer: What Will Bring Style to My New Home?

What Will Bring Style to My New Home? Q. I have a house that was built a few years ago. It has a nice floor plan, but there is no trim and there are no interesting windows. What can I do to give it a more substantial look? I want it to look “designed” not just decorated with pillows and things. On the other hand, I can’t afford to rip up perfectly good floors and walls. I want something more than paint, but less than a remodel. What suggestions might you make?—K.J.

Shopping in East Nashville

Once the city’s most sought-after neighborhood due to its convenient location east of Nashville’s downtown area, East Nashville today is a growing, thriving, eclectic, historic, and hip neighborhood and is again one of the city’s most desirable areas. That popularity and the area’s laid-back personality have to lead to the growth of its shops and stores dedicated to home decor. Galena Garlic Company offers a world of tantalizing flavor with its easy-to-use, gourmet products designed to redefine the art of cooking. Products include chef blends, spices, seasonings, rubs, and sea salts, as well as a large selection of 100 percent …

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor Q.I’m thrilled to be in the process of building a custom home that I have dreamed of for many years. I’ve had to make some style adjustments from my original plans, because styles have changed so much during the time I’ve been waiting and hoping. One of the most obvious changes is in wood finishes. It seems the dark cherry I planned is out. Can you give me some advice about kitchens? What is new?  We plan to keep this home until we retire and downsize in about 12 years. How do I do something …

November/December 2014 Cover

About the Cover The Parade of Homes returns for the holidays to the Arrington neighborhood of Kings’ Chapel, December 6-21, and is packed with decorating, building, and holiday design ideas. The guest bedroom in the Gregg & Rains Parade home is wrapped in a luxurious Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent and is decked for the holidays by ReFresh Home with touches including a charming custom burlap pillow on the antique iron bed. See the article.

March/April Cover 2014

About the Cover Celebrate spring with home tours. The O’More Designer Show House is scheduled April 4-27 in Franklin. Shown is the porch created by Linda Tallent Brown and Louise C. Kitchell of Kitchell & Brown Interiors at last year’s O’More Designer Show House. The Master Custom Builders Charity Tour of Homes is also scheduled April 25-27 and May 2-4. For information about these show homes visit visit and

Furnishings That Blend Tradtitional with Modern

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Ask A Designer Selecting Furnishings that Blend Traditional with Modern Q. Can you help me with some ideas about style for my new condo downtown? I grew up appreciating my parents’ fine, traditional furniture, especially the ornate French chairs, but their look isn’t right for my place.